After the thief, Halia, discovers a crystal sphere magically protected in a crumbling castle, she meets three other adventurers with their own mysterious spheres. Arwold, the knight, bears one on the hilt of his sword. With a sphere already in his possession, the sorcerer Ahriman enlists Xarun, a brutish warrior, to steal another one from the peaceful Arboreals. The four set off on a quest to find the final sphere, assisted by a master elementalist and his apprentices. Along the way, they battle demons, dragons, and one another. And they have no idea what the spheres have planned for them at the end of the journey.
E. A. Rappaport graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He works as a software engineer for a financial services consulting firm in New York. Rappaport cofounded StatCard Entertainment, the first company to combine smart card technology, trading cards, and internet games. He is a lifelong resident of Orange, Connecticut.
My first few drafts of The Legacy of Ogma had an entire chapter before the current beginning. When an editor first suggested that I cut out a full chapter, I thought it was a crazy idea - so much work lost, but since following the advice I realize how much better this story begins. The reader is immediately lost in the forest with Halia. I'd never thought about how difficult it was to start a story, and now I have an even greater appreciation for some of the classics.
The Legacy of Ogma
Halia neither heard nor saw any sign of her pursuers after an hour of crawling across the forest floor. She was relieved that they’d either given up or lost her trail, but she wasn’t about to turn back, Arboreals or evil spirits be damned. The small village of Hillside had nothing to offer other than a meager meal, which she’d already taken. Besides, she was used to being on her own, having fended for herself since becoming an orphan more than two decades ago. Convinced that she was alone, she rose from the ground and continued knee-deep down a shallow river, hoping she wouldn’t get lost.